Over a thousand people flocked to Hartford Public High School for the 2018 FIRST® Robotics District Competition over the weekend.
United Technologies Corporation was the presenting sponsor of the event, where 42 high school teams showed off their skills creating the robotics and demonstrating all they can do.
The competition takes place on a bright field meant to bring the classic 8-bit video games of the 1980s to life. Students have six weeks to create a robot that can navigate the field and use power cubes to defeat a boss.
The Hartford event is one of 11 events taking place across New England in April. More than 200 teams across the US and Canada participate. The top 64 teams will go on to compete at the New England District Championship in Boston. From there, 37 teams will represent New England at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit.
The Hartford event is free and open to the public and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday.